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Greetings! We – Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), Mumbai – are pleased to announce a public engagement meeting being organized by us in collaboration with the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy (CMHLP) of Indian Law Society, Pune; and ILS Law College, Pune.

Death Penalty in India: Legal, Ethical and Health Issues
Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
@ Conference Hall, ILS Law College, Pune

As you would know, the year 2018 witnessed an expansion of death penalty in India via amendments to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. These developments drew many of us, afresh, into the debate on relevance of the death penalty. Although death penalty has been discussed at length from time to time, some of the important areas are less explored. For example, the manner in which criminal justice system works on the ground for conviction and sentencing; the impact of death penalty on those sentenced and their families; the burden on mental health that convicts of death penalty bear, and issues of medical ethics regarding participation of health care professionals in death penalty are some such areas.

The proposed public engagement meeting, amongst others, is intended to contribute towards making the debate on (ir)relevance of death penalty in India more informed. It is also meant to encourage critical conversation on conflicting obligations and issue of dual loyalty faced by health care professionals regarding participation in death penalty.

Please find enclosed the program schedule for your ready reference. We look forward to have you at the meeting. Your contribution to the discourse on death penalty in India, drawing attention to legal and medical ethics matters, will be important in shaping the public narrative on death penalty in the coming times.

Please confirm your participation to [email protected] to enable logistics and hospitality.

Warm Regards,

Dr Sanjay Nagral, Dr Sunita Sheel
Forum for Medical Ethics Society,
Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME),
Law and Policy, ILS, Pune, Mumbai
Dr Soumitra Pathare
Director, Centre for Mental Health
Law and Policy, ILS, Pune
Mrs Vaijayanti Joshi,
Principal, ILS Law
Hon’ Secretary, India

Public engagement meeting_Flyer

Public engagement meeting_Program schedule

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